Monday, March 22, 2004

And a good morning to you 

Another day, another blog update. And for some reason, even though the first day of spring was 2 days ago, it's bloody cold outside with snow on the ground. What the hell? Just another sore point of living in the frozen north, unfortunately. So, here are this morning's links:

Patrick Anderson looks at two new releases in his weekly column: he finds that Thomas Cook's PERIL is more style than substance, an instance of "a veteran treading water." he's very impressed with Peter Craig's HOT PLASTIC. I wholeheartedly agree; I read the galley of Craig's book last summer and thought it a wonderful exploration of familial relationships in the guise of a con artist novel. Great writing, and some serious depth. This is one paperback original that has hardcover aspirations.

Poor Tanya Gold. Such sacrifices she has to make! The Guardian asked her to seclude herself with a host of celebrity biographies, and she has complied although the results are somewhat frightening....

If you're selling sexed-up books, why not have covers to match? The Evening Standard reports on Vintage's new "Blue" line of 12 classics that will be repackaged with racy covers.

Queer Eye for the Straight Book? OK, a cheesy moniker, but Rebecca Caldwell looks at the growing trend of gay and lesbian romances for her home paper, the Globe and Mail. I'd also like to add that the literary world coverage has gotten more eclectic--in a good way--since Caldwell showed up. Keep it up.

Rosemary Goring at the Glasgow Herald takes a further look at the diversity issues in the publishing world and how many folks got their jobs through connections with others.

J.K. Rowling, overrated? Well, that's what Forbes thinks, as the financial magazine nominates her to be one of the 10 most overrated celebrities.

Two of my fellow crime fiction reviewers at January Magazine have made the jump to full-length reviewing: Yvette Banek glows about Laurie King's THE GAME, and Jennifer Jordan favorably compares William Kent Kreuger's BLOOD HOLLOW to the work of Ross MacDonald.

Another rave is in for Joe Lansdale's SUNSET AND SAWDUST, this time from the Denver Post, which also looks favorably upon Andrew Taylor's richly dense historical, AN UNPARDONABLE CRIME/THE AMERICAN BOY.

And finally, yeah I know I promised no more Belle de Jour posts, but this exchange on Booktrade.info is delightfully snarky and features comments left by Mil Millington, whose influence engineered Belle's book deal, and Helen Garnos-Williams, her new editor at Wiedenfeld & Nicholson.

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